Author Archives: Jeremy Williams

‘Significant risk’ of Peak Oil before 2020

A new report from the UK Energy Research Centre pours cold water on government assumptions that fossil fuels supplies will see us through to 2030. The report is the first independent review of the data, drawing on over 500 previous studies, and concludes that a peak before 2030 is ‘likely’, and there is ‘significant risk’ of it occurring by 2020.

However, peak oil campaigners will be disappointed to see their counter-predictions swept away too: “It makes no sense to provide precise forecasts of when a peak in oil production will occur” says author Steve Sorrell. “The data is unreliable, there are multiple factors to consider and a ‘bumpy plateau’ seems more likely than a sharp peak.”

That ‘bumpy plateau’ is already in evidence, and “there is a growing consensus that the age of cheap oil is coming to an end”. Price vacillations are here to stay, and supply in the future will be difficult, the report cautions. Although large new oil fields have been found this year, they are not significantly large. Each find of a billion barrels delays the peak by a mere week.

The report is far from alarmist, but it does argue that “the risks presented by global oil depletion deserve much more serious attention by the research and policy communities.” (If you’ve read the government’s recent Wick’s report, you can’t help but agree!) We don’t need to wait for the research and policy communities though. At Transition St Albans we’re thinking through how the end of cheap oil will affect us a town, and working out how to reduce our dependency. Come along to one of our events to find out more.

Transition St Albans – it’s official!

We sent off our application to the Transition Network recently, and today we received confirmation that Transition St Albans is now an official Transititon Town!

That makes us number 196 in what is rapidly becoming a global movement.

Raise a glass with us at Green Drinks, coming soon to St Albans.

Join us at the summer fair

Transition St Albans will have a stand at two summer fairs over the next fortnight. Come along and meet us, take our oil challenge, and find out more about who we are and what we’re about.

Larks in the Parks – Fleetville – Sunday 28th of June, 12-5 pm
This day of family fun takes place in six different parks around the town as part of St Albans festival. We’ll be at the Fleetville one.

Earthworks Summer Fair – off Hixbury Lane – Sunday 5th of July, 11 am-4 pm
Earthworks is a local charity offering horticultural training to people with learning difficulties or mental health problems.

The End of Suburbia film screening


The Queen’s allotment

Hot on the heels of Michelle Obama’s White House kitchen garden, Buckingham Palace has revealed that the Queen has an allotment too.

Strawberries, beans and tomatoes are all growing in a neglected corner of the palace gardens. True to royal form, it is all organic and includes rare heritage varieties.

Programme, June – July 2009


2nd Film – Power of Community & Discussion – Trinity Church

10th Social – Transition chat at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, 8:00 onwards

24th Working Meeting – 7:30 at Fleetville Community Centre


8th Film and discussion – 8:00 pm, Trinity Church

22nd Working Meeting – 7:30 at Fleetville Community Centre.

Welcome to Transition St Albans

If you’re dropping by after last night’s screening and discussion, thanks for joining us. You can find out more about transition towns here. If you’d like to look up some specific case studies, try Totnes, Forest Row or Lewes.

Some interesting articles on transition towns in the press the last few weeks include this Guardian column on ‘new politics’, and this Times article on learning to grow food again.

If you have any questions, just drop us a line: